Graduation Requirements

  • The proper selection of courses by learners is an important matter. It is important to the learners that each course should be carefully selected as an integral part of the their four-year educational plan. Read carefully, the course selections are equally as important to the school district as commitments for staffing for the ensuing year are based on the learner selections. Therefore, changes in learner course selections after July 1 will only be made in cases of extreme hardship. All changes must have the approval of the school assistant principals or principal.

    To qualify for graduation, a senior must have enrolled in a high school during grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 for four separate school year terms. An exception to this policy may be made for Learners if they have the approval of their parents and the principal. In addition, according to school board policy, Learners must have completed all requirements for the high school diploma in order to participate in commencement exercises.


    Learners shall be enrolled each year in courses that will give them at least 6 credits unless the principal has granted permission to take a reduced load. Additional courses may be taken from the list of electives each year to meet the minimum requirements.


    Learners must make an effort to make up any course failures through summer school or approved correspondence/online school before the next fall term starts. Courses failed and not made up by the beginning of the next school year must be scheduled for that school year. Special permission must be obtained to take further courses in the same field until failures have been removed.

Commencement Recognition & Post-Secondary Admission Requirements

  • Commencement Recognition

    Graduating seniors who have attained both/either of the following will be given special recognition during commencement exercises:

    • Active membership in the National Honor Society
    • A grade point average of 3.50 or better for all courses grades 9-12 taken up to and during the first semester of the senior year (Graduating with Honor)

    Admission Requirements for Public Campuses in the ND University System 

    Certain high school courses are required if the student plans on enrolling in a four-year public college or university in North Dakota. These campuses are: North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Dickinson State, Mayville State, Minot State, and Valley City State. In order to enroll in one of these institutions, the following must be completed:

    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of mathematics; a minimum of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • 3 units of laboratory science, including at least 2 in biology, chemistry, physics, or physical science
    • 3 units of social studies, excluding consumer education, marketing, orientation to social studies, and marriage/family

    In addition, it is strongly recommended that the student also complete two units of a single classical or world language, including American Sign Language and Native American Language

    Admission Requirements for Public Campuses Other Than ND

    State university systems outside of North Dakota also maintain high school preparation standards.  For those requirements, please visit one of the high school counselors or contact the college or university of interest to you.